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28 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, March 11, 1996

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SPORTS CALENDAR

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COMMUNITY SERVICE
STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
{: Who: Jennifer Barber Sport: Track and Field
Eligibility: Junior Year: Senior
Hometown: Bridgeport, Mich. High School: Frankenmuth H.S.
Why: On Thursday, Feb. 29, Barber read to students at Eberwhite
Elementary School as part of the SHARE reading program. Barber has
been involved in the SHARE program in the past, reading to second
graders at the King School last semester. She also joined 16 of her
teammates on a visit to Mott's Children's Hospital in November.
Background: Placed sixth at the 1995 Big Ten Outdoor
Championships in the 3,000-meters and fifth in the same event at the
Championships in 1994 ... 1995 Academic All-Big Ten ... 1994-95
Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement Award-winner ... enrolled in
the College of Engineering, majoring in chemical engineering ... born
Barber Aug. 31, 1974.
'' Sports Calendarf
Monday, March i1
Baseball vs. Old Dominion at Aggie Classic, College Station, Texas, 1 p.m.
Men's swimming at U.S. Olympic Trials, Indianapolis, 10 am. and 7:30 pm.
Women's swimming at U.S. Olympic Trials, Indianapolis, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Men's diving at NCAA Diving Zones, Bloomington, TBA.
Women's diving at NCA A Diving Zones, Bloomington, T8A.
' Tuesday, March 12-
Men's swimming at U.S. Olympic Trials, Indianapolis, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Women's swimming at U.S. Olympic Trials, Indianapolis, 10 a.m. and 7:30 pm.
Men's diving at NCAA Diving Zones, Bloomington, TBA.
Women's diving at NCAA Diving Zones, Bloomington, TBA.
Wednesday, March 13-
Men's tennis at Blue-Grey Tournament, Montgomery, Ala, All Day.
Thursday, March 14-
Men's gymnastics at Penn State and Army, State College, 7:30 p.m.
Men's tennis at Blue-Grey Tournament, Montgomery, Ala., All Day.
Friday, March 15-
Men's basketball vs. Texas in NCAA Tournament, Milwaukee, Wis., TBA.-
Ice hockey vs. Michigan State in CCHA semifinals, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit,
8:30 p.m.Y
Softball vs. Miami (Ohio), Samford, Northern Iowa at Lady Seminole Invitational,
Tallahassee, Fla., 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 18-
ice hockey in finals of CCHA Tournament, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, TBA (if
necessary)"
;$Softball vs. Illinois-Chicago, Georgia State at Lady Seminole Invitational,
Tallahassee, Fla., 11 a.m.
Women's gymnastics vs. Brigham Young University, Cliff Keen Arena, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 -
Men's basketball in second round of NCAA Tournament, Milwaukee, Wis., TBA (if
A / necessary).
Softball at Championships of Lady Seminole Invitational, Tallahassee, Fla., All Day
z (if necessary)

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Who: Tom Malchow Sport: Swimming
Eligibility: Freshman Year: Freshman
Hometown: Mendota Heights, Minn. High School: St. Thomas Academyx... ..
Why: Malchow, a 19-year-old freshman, pulled off a major upset Friday
to qualify for the 1996 U.S. Olympic swimming team. Malchow won the
200-meter butterfly, finishing in 1:57.39. He beat favorite Mel Stewart,
who is the American record holder and a former Olympic gold medalist. k
"No one ever thought I would be a potential on the Olympic team,"
Malchow said, after the race. "It's a dream come true."
Background: Won a gold medal at the 1995 World University Games in
the 200 butterfly ... 1995 Pan-American Games silver medalist in the
200 ... 10-time All-American in high school :.. enrolled in Division of
Kinesiology ... born Aug. 18, 1976.
Malchow
Wolverine pitcher Gif In
hurls fect game over bre

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
Perfect.
How else can a game without hits
or walks be described?
The Wolverine softball team wit-
nessed the nearly impossible feat Fri-
day as Michigan All-American pitcher
Sara Griffin threw a perfect game.
The 6-0 shocker of No. 10 Okla-
homa was cause for celebration.
Griffin's perfect game'was just the
second in school history.
At the Hillenbrand Invitational over
the weekend of March 8-10, the No.
14 Wolverines crushed the Sooners
with their flawless fielding behind
Griffin.
Oklahoma, by contrast, committed
seven errors as it stumbled its way
into history - on the wrong side.
Griffin helped her own cause with
her bat.
She slugged her way to two doubles
and scored the first and only run nec-
essary to gain victory.
Her gem was backed up by nine
Michigan hits, including "a triple by

senior Tracy Carr.
The Wolverines continued their
winning ways by following the game
up with its third victory in two days of
competition over North Carolina. The
Tar Heels were no match for the Wol-
verines as Michigan rolled to the 10-
2 rout.
The dominance of Michigan Friday
was evident in the second game of the
day as Michigan, sparked by 13 hits,
forced the mercy rule on the Tar Heels.
North Carolina was forced to sur-
render after three Wolverine sluggers
led the way with two-hits each.
The Tar Heels were on their heels
the entire game as Michiganjunior
Kelly Holmes attempted to match
Griffin's perfect feat. Although she
fell short, the combined four hits al-
lowed by the Wolverine pitchers
raised Holmes' record to 5-2, in this
season.
Michigan's team record improved
to 8-5 with the victories at the end of
the seven-day stretch in which the
Wolverines played in two tournaments
as well as non-tournament contests in

the middle of the week.
Over the weekend of March 13,
the Wolverines made a strong show-
ing at the San Diego State/Cartier
Spring Classic. The team came in third
place, defeating two ranked team in
the process. Most impressive about
the tournament play was the Wolver-
ines' upset victory over No. 5 Cal.
State-Fullerton.
Holmes got the'W' in theupset4
showed why she and Griffin areso
important to the Wolverines' fortunes.
Combined with Griffin's 3-3 record,
the two pitchers have received a deci-
sion in every game thus far.
Presently, Michigan is the top-
ranked Big Ten team in the USA To-
day/NCSA national poll. But Minrie-
sota and Indiana are close on the
Wolverines' trail at No. 15 and N.
17, respectively..
After opening the season at No.2,
the Wolverines are looking fop. a
springboard to reclaim their spot.in
the rankings. Griffin's outing is-thie
perfect place to start.
Arizona 8, Michigan 1
Michigan 6, Oklahoma 0
Michigan 10, North Carolina,2
Michigan 7, San Diego St. 1 ,:

Softball scores from spring break

San Diego St. 4, Michigan 2
Michigan 3, NE Louisiana 0
Michigan 4, Cal St.-Fullerton 2
Michigan 9, SW Texas 0

Cal St.-Fullerton 7, Michigan 3
Michigan 8, North Carolina 1
Michigan 5, North Carolina 4
Oklhoma 5, Michigan 0

Struggling men tumblers fall to Penn
State, MichigaState and BYU

Day Sports,
Better than on TV.
(Except possibly the NCAA Tournament - but you can read about It all week right here.)

By Sharat Raju
For the Daily
Don't you hate it when you've been
preparing for spring break, set to have
a good time, only to have it rain and
ruin your plans?
That is probably how the Michigan
men's gymnastics team felt after their
quad meet during the school's spring
break.
Brigham Young, Penn State and
Michigan State reigned supreme over

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the struggling Wolverine tumblers.
The first of two competitions was
held at Provo, Utah March 7. The
10th-ranked Cougars didn't disap-
point their home crowd by finishing
first in the quad meet with 224.25
points. They were followed by Penn
State with 222.5, the Spartans with
221.5 and, in last place Michigan with
207.5.
"We are putting in the effort in
training and competition, but we are
just not in their league," Wolverine
coach Bob Darden said.
Michigan should not be too disap-
pointed since the meet was a tough
one. Penn State was No. 4, Brigham
Young No. 10 and Michigan State
No. 14.
Certain individuals on the Wolver-
ine squad performed as well as they
have all season.
Senior Chris Onuska scored a 9.2
on the pommel horse and senior Kris
Klinger placed fourth in the high bar
with a 9.6.
Senior Jason MacDonald contrib-
uted with a 9.15 in the floor exercise
and 9.35 in the high bar. Freshman
Randy D'Amura received a 9.2 on the
floor exercise.
However, those efforts were not

enough. Michigan fell in last pla e,
14 points behind the next closest teen,
Michigan State.
The Michigan tumblers were to
witness some amazing performan
by top-ranked gymnasts.
Michigan State's strongest show-
ing came from Joe Duda, who took
third in the all-around, including a
9.75 in the rings. Ethan Sterk also
contributed with 9.6 in the pommnel
horse and a fifth place finish in the
all-around.
The Nittany Lions' Roy Malka cap-
tured second in the all-around. Malka
contributed a 9.75 performance in
high bar and a 9.7 in the pomrmel
horse.
Steve McSparren and Joe Roemer
also came through with scores of4.7
in floor exercise and rings, respec-
tively.
However, Brigham Young's Darren
Elg topped them all by scoring a 57.95
in the all-around, which was high-
lighted by a perfect10 in the highb'ar.
He followed with a 9.9, giving rn
a 9.95 in the event. He also won-the
floor exercise with a 9.85.
The Michigan gymnasts face a stff
challenge next against Army and Pern
State at University Park, March 15'

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